Northern Ireland is now widely regarded as one of the most exciting mountain bike destinations in Europe, with over 140km of purpose-built trails.
Grab your helmet and your fearless spirit; it’s time to tackle this epic list of thrilling mountain bike experiences.
1. Rock out at Davagh Forest
Located way off the beaten track, in the heart of the Sperrin Mountains, this pocket rocket of a trail centre is packed full of high-octane singletrack - not to mention some hair-raising rock features you’ll never forget. The iconic Eagle Rock and Boundary Rock are a must for proficient mountain bikers looking for a shot of adrenaline, which the red trail delivers in abundance. Younger and less experienced riders can enjoy Davagh’s green and blue trails. There’s also an onsite skills park and pump track to help perfect your technique. Bike hire can be prebooked.
While you are there… 30 mins drive away in Moneymore, The Jungle NI is a one-stop adventure destination with a treetop high ropes course, paintballing, off-road segway and zorbing.
Where to stay: Glenavon House Hotel, Cookstown
2. Take a shot at #KodakCorner
The Rostrevor Mountain Bike Trails on the shores of Carlingford Lough offer some of the most exhilarating mountain biking in all of Ireland. A selfie at #KodakCorner on the 27km red trail is an absolute must. Whether you make use of Northern Ireland’s only bespoke uplift service or rely on pedal-power alone, you will be rewarded with stunning coastal views and simply mind-blowing sections of singletrack descents. If Downhill is your game, both of Rostrevor's purpose-built DH trails will hit the spot.
While you are there… Just a 15 minute drive along the shores of Carlingford Lough will take you to Whitewater Brewery in Kilkeel, one of Northern Ireland’s most-loved microbreweries.
Where to Stay: An Radhairc, Rostrevor
3. Ride with epic views of the Mournes
Ride with the incredible backdrop of the Mourne Mountains at Castlewellan Mountain Bike Trails. Easier going than Rostrevor, Castlewellan boasts a range of trail grades for all abilities. Enjoy family-friendly green and blue trails or take on the 19km red trail packed full of technical features, including two optional black descents.
Where to Stay: B2 Waterfoot Apartment, Newcastle
4. Get some air on Ireland’s only official dirt jump park
Barnett Demesne Mountain Bike Trails & Jumps Park, on the banks of the River Lagan in South Belfast, makes a perfect addition to a Belfast city break. It boasts Northern Ireland's only jumps park, suitable for riders aspiring to an elite level of technical ability and not for the faint-hearted. If you’re not quite at that level yet, take on the family-friendly green and blue trails, or a red trail for a bit of an adrenaline rush. Starting from the Mary Peters Athletics Track, off the Upper Malone Road, you can also use the Lagan Towpath to cycle direct from the city centre.
While you are there… Visit the world famous Titanic Belfast before getting a bite to eat and a few jars in the bustling Cathedral Quarter. Black Box is home to live music, comedy and film.
Where to Stay: Tara Lodge, Belfast
5. Speed through a stately country estate
The unique Blessingbourne Trails has a range of wide-flowing blue trails and more technical red trails within the grounds of a 550-acre country estate in the picturesque Clogher Valley. The snaking single-track has lots of trail features including jumps, table-tops, berms, rock-gardens and drops; as well as chicken-runs for the kids. Bike hire is available all year round and you can relax at the coffee cabin at the trailhead (seasonal).
While you are there… Todds Leap activity centre is half an hour away, for an electrifying range of extreme adventures including 4x4 off road driving, paintballing, body zorbing, a freefall dropzone and zip line.
Where to Stay: Blessingbourne Courtyard Apartments
For more information on what trails are suitable for you see MountainBikeNI.com